Love free stuff? Check out these fun and FREE ways for kids (and parents) to celebrate birthdays! Most require online registration; visit each website for more information.
Sign up for the Birthday Club online and receive a free small scoop on your birthday. Add your family members’ birthdays to your account and you'll also receive a coupon for a free birthday scoop to share. Valid at participating locations.
San Diego – 619-298-4666
Carlsbad - 760-929-8311
Register for Benihana’s Chef’s Table to receive a complimentary $30 gift certificate for your birthday meal, valid anytime during the month of your birthday.
*BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse
Receive a free birthday pizookie when you sign up for premier rewards.
Prime Club members receive a free steak dinner and dessert with purchase of any dinner entree by joining the Prime Club Email Program. Free steak dinner offer good on first birthday after sign up. Prime Club offers not available on certain holidays.
*Chuck E. Cheese
Sign up for the Chuck E-Club and receive fun birthday perks. Bring your child to Chuck E. Cheese within 3 days of their birthday and receive 20 minutes of All You Can Play. Bring your child in for their half-birthday and get 100 free tickets. Tickets can be used anytime during the month of their half birthday.
Sign up for Denny's rewards program and receive a free birthday gift every year.
*City Cruises by Hornblower
Downtown San Diego - 619-725-8854
Enjoy a free Harbor Cruise on your birthday! Spend your special day sightseeing on San Diego Bay with close-up views of the Star of India, USS Midway, Coronado Bay Bridge, military ships and up to 50 San Diego landmarks. Choose from six cruise times daily. Available for walk-up reservations, must show ID. *Tax, service charge, and landing fee are additional.
Join the rewards program to receive free pancakes on your birthday.
Join the email club and receive a free sub on your birthday.
Buena Park - 714-523-1100
Celebrate your birthday like royalty for free at Medieval Times with the purchase of a full-priced adult admission. For offer call 1-888-WE-JOUST (935-6878) and mention code BFCRM at time of purchase. Offer valid during birthday month. Proof of birthday required upon entry.
San Diego Natural History Museum
Balboa Park, 619-232-3821
To celebrate San Diego Natural History Museum’s 150th birthday in 2024, visitors receive free, one-time admission during their birthday month (in 2024 only). For entry, bring an ID, birth certificate (photocopy), school ID or other ID proof of your birthdate.
Fashion Valley – 619-294-4600
La Jolla - 858-886-7188
Register for the Pinkcard reward program (either online or download the app), to receive a free yogurt on your birthday and earn a free yogurt after every 10th purchase.
National City - 619-267-2000
Escondido - 760-747-7112
Join the Red Robin Royalty program and receive a free gourmet burger of your choice. Offer good once during your birthday month.
Join Starbucks Rewards to receive a free birthday drink or food reward on your birthday and earn reward points for every purchase.
Do you know of a great birthday freebie that’s not listed here? Email us at
Adrienne Sigeti is the Editorial Assistant at San Diego Family and a lover of all things "freebie."
Updated May 2023